An Artful Itinerary in the City With Soul
Explore the City With Soul's vibrant public art installations, delve into the captivating collections of its museums, and be entranced by the mesmerizing performances in its theaters.
Plain walls have become the newest canvas for Jackson artists to showcase their work. In recent years, the public art and mural scene has flourished, thanks in part to the creative spirits of artists like Scott Allen, Reshonda Perryman, Eli Childers, Gavin Bird, Justin Ransburg, Sabrina Howard, Adrianne Dominic and many others. From works like Perryman's "JXN Icons" to Allen's larger than life "Welcome to Jackson" greeting as you enter downtown, and now, the "state's longest mural" - painted by Gavin Bird on the Museum Trail - you don't have to look far to find creativity on display.
ALSO EXPLORE: Jackson Public Art Map, curated by Visit Jackson
Mississippi’s largest art museum has over 4,000 works, including the world’s most extensive collection by and relating to Mississippians and their diverse heritage. Many pieces can be seen in the permanent collection, New Symphony of Time as well as rotating exhibitions featuring renowned masters and locally celebrated creators. If you venture outside, the Art Garden offers a splash pad for little ones to get a break from the heat, too.
ALSO EXPLORE: The Museum Store
Jackson is home to a host of galleries that feature art on view and, often, for sale. In Fondren, check out Brown's Fine Art and Framing and Richard McKey's Fondren Art Gallery for showcases from local and regional artists. Also in Fondren, The Cedars serves as a public art gallery that hosts numerous yearly shows presented by Fondren Renaissance Foundation.
Elsewhere in the city, View Gallery in LeFleur East, AND Gallery in Midtown, The Terrace Gallery in Belhaven, Offbeat in downtown, Gallery 1 at Jackson State and Afrikan Art Gallery on Farish Street provide as diverse a selection of pieces as the neighborhoods they call home.
VISUAL PERFORMING ARTS
Founded in 1965, regional professional New Stage Theatre offers critically-acclaimed contemporary works, classic dramas, comedies, musicals, and children's theater. The Eudora Welty New Play Series, established in 1984, is inspired by the state's rich literary history and brings together playrights and performing artists for cutting-edge drama that sparks conversation and pushes boundaries.
OTHER CREATIVE PURSUITS
Wolfe Studio has been a hub of fine art making since its founding in 1946 by Jackson visual arts pioneers Karl and Mildred Nungester Wolfe. Wolfe Studio’s patch of woods off Old Canton Road, blooms and birdsong are as central in its appeal as the small showroom of gaily painted ceramics (the Wolfe birds are among their most popular offerings) and fine art paintings and prints.
What started as a single artist’s desire to broaden the appeal and sensibilities of stained glass has since become the center of an art world revolution. Pearl River Glass Studio — now 45+ years in the making — specializes in stained class applications both big and small. The 10,000-square-foot facility is open for tours so that visitors can glimpse the scope and artistry necessary to bend light into abstract expressions and statements of the sun’s glory.
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